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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Ship Identification

Tanker Delivery - MV Eagle Sapporo

Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) completed and delivered a 110,000 dwt type double hull crude oil tanker, the Eagle Sapporo (MES Hull No. 1696) at its Chiba Works to Maybaru Shipping & Trading Pte Ltd, Singapore on December 10, 2008. This is the 11th Aframax Tanker in this series which has the largest deadweight and the largest cargo tank capacity with 42 meter beam and an overall length 804 ft. Special Features: •    The vessel has a cargo tank capacity of 128,000 m3 and deadweight of 110,400 tons, which are the largest class for Aframax Tanker with 42 meter beam. •    The vessel has the newest hull form including bulbous bow stern arrangement and has MIPB (Mitsui Integrated Propeller Boss with Wing) as energy-saving device, they leads to the highest propulsion performance for Aframax tanker. •    The main engine is equipped with the electronic-controlled lubrication system to minimize the engine cylinder lubricating oil. •    Fixed type flammable gas detecting system is applied in the ballast tanks and the pump room. •    The cargo pump with self-stripping system is equipped to enable easy operations. •    Electronic Chart Display Information System (ECDIS), Automatic Ship Identification System (AIS) and Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) are installed for better route planning and safe navigation.

TerraMar Networks Partners with Orbcomm

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TerraMar Networks Limited has entered into an agreement with Orbcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: ORBC), a  global satellite data communications company, to create one of the broadest and most complete maritime asset tracking offerings on the market. Orbcomm’s satellite AIS service receives a ship’s identification, position and other critical data.  This data can be used to assist in vessel tracking, maritime navigation and safety

USCG Defines Acceptable IDs for Access

USCG acceptable identification credentials and name checks The US Coast Guard issued a Notice informing the maritime community of acceptable identification credentials for access to US waterfront facilities. Operators of waterfront facilities are to restrict access to their facilities to persons with such acceptable credentials, which include: (1) a merchant mariner document; (2) an armed forces identification card; (3) a federal law enforcement credential; (4) identification credentials

Identification System Gets Green Light from DHS

The U.S. Coast Guard announced today it received formal approval from the Department of Homeland Security to issue solicitations and award contracts to establish initial operating capability for the two-way, maritime data communications system known as the nationwide automatic identification system. "The nationwide automatic identification system will greatly aid the essential process of identifying, tracking, and communicating with vessels approaching our maritime borders and is a

GAO Issues VIS

The General Accounting Office (GAO) issued its report entitled Coast Guard: Vessel Identification System Development Needs to Be Reassessed. The Vessel Identification System (VIS) was intended to provide ensure that each vessel operating in the United States had a unique identification number. The program, which focuses primarily on recreational vessels, depended heavily on state participation, but many states have been unwilling or unable to commit necessary funds

Northstar to Acquire Sonar Manufacturer

Sonar Security Alongside: Image credit Echotec

Advanced technology company Northstar Electronics intends to buy Echotec Sonar Corp To expand its base of subsidiaries Northstar Electronics, Inc., a holding company with executive management specialized in design engineering, defense, advanced systems, security, sonar, systems integration, and prototyping fields informs of a letter of intent to purchase Echotec Sonar Corp, a cutting edgei manufacturer of High Definition Omni Sonar (HDOS) specifically targeted for the defense, scientific

FMCSA – Roadability Rule Published

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued its final rule addressing requirements for intermodal equipment providers (sometimes referred to as the roadability rule). The regulations require providers of intermodal equipment (e.g., shipping container chassis) to register and file with the FMCSA an Intermodal Equipment Provider Identification Report; establish a systematic inspection, repair, and maintenance program to assure the safe operating condition of each intermodal

MSC’s Watson on Port Logistics & Competitiveness

William H. Watson, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Maritime Security Council, participated in the annual CIP (Critical Infrastructure Protection) Congress held November 30 – December 2, 2010 sponsored by the Financial Services ISAC (Information Sharing & Analysis Center) with the theme “Manage Risk with Resilience.” The goal of this year's Congress is to provide practitioners in the critical infrastructure security community with solutions

CSR Encourages Advocacy Campaign

The Seamen's Church Institute's Center for Seafarers' Rights is encouraging individuals to advocate for the United States to adopt an internationally developed seafarers' identification document. "We need to let Secretary Tom Ridge know that shore leave and security concerns can be reconciled with this identification document developed with the international community," said Douglas B. Stevenson, Director of the

SISCO Impresses U.S. Senators

A U.S. Senate sub-committee offered positive feedback regarding a high-speed access control and accountability system developed by Security Identification Systems Corporation (SISCO). The system, which delivers a high level of security protection to almost every major cruise line, received high marks today during a Senate sub-committee field hearing on seaport and cruise ship passenger security. After listening to the expert testimony of SISCO's CEO Anthony Zagami, Senator John Breaux

Kelvin Hughes Showcases Drone Detection Technology

Photo: Kelvin Hughes

Kelvin Hughes first launched its dedicated drone detection system earlier this year incorporating SharpEye SxV 360 degree radar and electro optic cameras with the Single Mast Solution (SMS) security system.   At DSEI 2017 Kelvin Hughes has announced it will be demonstrating the next evolution of its drone detection and tracking technology. The SMS-D (‘D’ meaning drone) is a dedicated drone detection and tracking system now featuring a thermal camera and video tracker that

Wärtsilä: Turning Raw Data into Meaningful Insight

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Capitalizing on big data is a hot topic within the marine industry, and skilled data scientists are one of the most sought after professionals in the job market. Hardcore data analysis knowledge materializes at expertise centers, where hundreds of ships sailing on the seas of the world are tracked, monitored and supported. Big data combined with analytics and human expertise results in optimized ship lifecycle efficiency – and better performance for marine industry players. 

Search Area Expanding for USS John S. McCain Sailors

Photo: United States Navy

 The search for missing Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) continues in the South China Sea and within the ship itself.    On Aug. 22, Adm. Scott Swift, commander, Pacific Fleet, announced that the remains of a number of the 10 missing John S. McCain Sailors were discovered within the ship.    On Aug. 23, U.S. Navy and Marine Corps divers continue to search the ship, seeking to locate more of the missing Sailors

Gunvor Awarded Fortuna FLNG Offtake

The Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons (MMH), Ophir Equatorial Guinea (Block R) Ltd, OneLNG SA and La Compania Nacional De Petroleos De Guinea Ecuatorial (GEPetrol) have nominated Gunvor Group Ltd (Gunvor) as its preferred LNG Buyer for offtake from the Fortuna FLNG project. All parties have agreed the principal commercial terms subject to finalizing a Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA) for the offtake ahead of the Final Investment Decision (FID) on the Fortuna FLNG project.  

Iran: Drones Near U.S. Warships are Safe

Iran's powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) rejected U.S. criticism that it flew a drone unsafely near a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Gulf and it defended its right to carry out air patrol missions in the area.   On Monday the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command said that an Iranian drone had come within 1,000 feet (300 meters) of a U.S. aircraft carrier while it was in international waters in the Gulf conducting flight operations.  

Big Data & a Level Playing Field

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“The future is already here – it’s just not very evenly distributed,” is an observation from William Gibson, the luminary science fiction author, that sums up many of the problems with widespread adoption of technological solutions. This is certainly true of shipping. As we saw at Nor-Shipping this year, it is now expected for most businesses to have a data-driven element, and enthuse about how they are ‘embracing digital

Port Cooperation and Maritime Security in Belize

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Identifying and dealing with potential threats to port security operations was at the core of a three-day workshop in Belize City, Belize (18-20 July).    The event took a closer look at security needs and associated risks. Through interactive presentations and discussions between participants the workshop helped identify opportunities for increased collaboration between government agencies and port owners/operators as well as assessing port security training priorities

FLIR Unveils New Multi-Sensor Maritime Camera

FLIR M500 Multi-Sensor Maritime Camera (Photo: FLIR)

FLIR Systems, Inc. has added a cooled thermal camera to its M-Series platform, the FLIR M500 multi-sensor maritime camera, available from September 2017.   The FLIR M500’s cooled midwave, 640x512 thermal camera’s ability to detect very small temperature variations translates into greater detail and enhanced image clarity. FLIR cooled thermal technology and the M500’s 14X optical zoom lens also provides better early detection of vessels, key landmarks and navigation aids

Microsatellites Launched for Maritime Monitoring, Comms and Science

NORsat-1 in EMC test at SFL. Two AIS antennas may be seen at the top, and four Langmuir probes off to the sides. The solar wings of the satellite are at the bottom. (Photo: Space Flight Laboratory)

 The Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) announced the successful launch of two Norwegian microsatellites developed and built by SFL for the Norwegian Space Centre with support from the Norwegian Coastal Authority, Space Norway and the European Space Agency. The Soyuz-2.1a rocket carrying the satellites into orbit launched from Baikonur at 06:36:49 UTC Friday, July 14, 2017.   Shortly after launch both satellites were contacted from ground stations in Svalbard and Vardo, Norway

New Lantern Features Integrated AIS Monitoring

(Photo: Sealite)

Sealite, a manufacturer of marine aids to navigation, has introduced a mid-range lantern with a fully integrated automatic identification system (AIS) inside its body.   Sealite's SL-155 series are high intensity 6-13NM medium range marine lanterns. The compact single tier lantern features extremely low power consumption, minimal maintenance and now comes available in 2.5, 5 or 10 degree vertical distributions with an integrated Type 1 or Type 3 AIS.  

AST to Supply VSAT to 30 SEACOR Vessels

Satellite communication services and solutions provider the AST Group said it has recently won a contract with SEACOR Marine International to supply VSAT and failover satellite communications to 30 vessels. The agreement sees AST supplying VSAT and back-up communications for SEACOR’s North Sea and West African fleets providing bandwidth for VOIP and data services over multiple satellite networks enabling vessels to move freely from region to region with no disruption.

CSSC Launches New Marine Service Business

China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) said it has formally launched a new business CSSC Marine Service Co., Ltd, to coincide with the inauguration of its new logistics center within the Yangshang free trade zone, Shanghai.   The inauguration was marked with a ceremony on June 30, 2017, attended by more than 150 industry representatives from ship owning, managing and operating companies, along with key cooperation partners ABB, MAN PrimServ and WinGD.  

Using Tech to Fight Piracy on the Open Sea

With maritime piracy seen on the rise once again, the shipping industry now looks to redouble its efforts to prevent these dangerous and costly attacks.   Though piracy had been on a steep decline since 2010 due to increased security efforts and precautions taken aboard ships, The State of Maritime Policy Report 2016 released last month by Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) finds that there has been decreased vigilance by the shipping community during the past few years

HII Hires Davis to Lead Cyber Security Program

Ron Davis (Photo: HII)

Ron A. Davis has joined Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) as chief information systems officer (CISO). In this new role, he will lead the company’s cyber security program with responsibility for ensuring the early identification of threats and risks and the implementation of controls and other processes and methods to protect information systems for the entire HII enterprise.   Davis will work in HII’s Washington, D.C

Ocean Alliance Calls APM Terminals Port Elizabeth

Photo: APM Terminals

 APM Terminals Port Elizabeth welcomed the 8,700 TEU capacity CMA CGM Bianca, marking the first call of the weekly Ocean Alliance US East Coast Loop 3 Service, providing direct service to the US East Coast from ports in China and Southeast Asia.   After a formal welcoming ceremony held at the facility, APM Terminals Port Elizabeth hosted a reception for senior executives of Ocean Alliance member lines to commemorate the occasion.   

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